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Citywide Response Analysis

In the past, changes to how the Fire Department might operate relied on slide rules, calculators and the gut instincts and experience of the firefighters and officers who assembled any plan. Today, there is an overwhelming quantity of data that doubles nearly every day. The LAFD has 106 fire stations, with multiple apparatus and members in each station. On any given day, the department responds more than 1,100 times to requests for assistance, primarily EMS and fire emergencies.

In addition to the call load, where our firefighters and Paramedics go - and what they do is also part of the data pool. Currently, there are three divisions, with 16 battalions, all serving just under four million residents and approximately one million out of City workers and visitors every. Add in the many hospitals we collaborate with, the 15 City Council districts, eight LAUSD education districts and other factors, and the job of determining how to best provide service (anticipating as well as basic service) is daunting.

Thankfully, the age of technology is upon us and the LAFD is now able to effectively and efficiently integrate software tools into our analysis and development process. The Apparatus Deployment Analysis Module, commonly called ADAM is a new component of our Computer Aided Dispatch Analyst, or CAD Analyst. This software allows us to model coverage based on response times, call frequency and incident types within each fire station district.

Using this detailed analysis, resource deployment has been refined to identify the resource type and quantity necessary to handle the needs within each district while maximizing public safety and maintaining response time despite the reductions in coverage. ADAM isn't the end-all answer, but it provides a significant amount of information rapidly that assists our planning and command staff to better understand how their operational plans will best meet the needs of the community.

View maps highlighting response criteria City-wide

As it relates to the new FY2011-2012 Deployment Plan, we utilized all of our resources to establish the most practical and effective model for managing readiness and response. The decision-making process included:
  • Analyze budget reduction impact on number of Fire Department positions
  • Determine number emergency resources that result from budget reduction
  • Analyze incident data history, response area size/terrain, population density and target hazards for: the entire City, each Division, each Battalion and each Fire Station district
  • Develop minimal staffing level model
  • Place minimal staffing level in each Fire Station district
  • Place remaining resources in Fire Station districts after considering the unique needs of individual districts and the needs of the surrounding districts
  • Analyze placement of additional resources using computer modeling software
  • Adjust model to minimize impact of personnel reduction
  • Determine, develop and provide policies, procedures and equipment necessary to support new staffing model
  • Deploy new staffing model
  • Analyze ongoing data to monitor success of modeling process
  • Adjust resource placement as needed

Note: Each step was processed using input from existing administrative staff, work groups, field member input and subject matter experts.

When combined with the other active forms of technology being implemented within the Los Angeles Fire Department, the ability to respond faster, to mitigate threats more rapidly, and to meet the needs of the City overall increase dramatically.

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